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The Rise of Baking Schools in Singapore

Even people who love to cook can find be put off by baking. Some get so frustrated they give up after a failed first attempt. Why is baking so hard for first-timers? Well, it’s more technical than cooking and requires patience and an eye for detail. There’s definitely not as much freedom or room for error when you’re baking a cake compared to, say, spaghetti bolognaise. It can also be intimidating and confusing. Bakers throw around mysterious and fancy-sounding terms, …

Gluten-Free Cooking at Home: Tips and Tricks

Between 0.7 and 1.4 percent of the global population suffers from celiac disease. This disease causes the body to have a severe autoimmune reaction when it’s exposed to gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. In addition to the growing population of people with celiac disease, there’s also a high number of people throughout the world who are intolerant to gluten. If you fall into either category or are just a part of the gluten-free movement, chances …

Making Your First Sourdough Loaf, Part Two

In the second of our two-part series, Love Wholesome’s resident recipe tester Jo-ann Huang tells you how to turn a yeast starter into a delicious loaf of sourdough. In our last post, we established beyond a reasonable doubt that sourdough is the king of bread. Wild yeast; a complex, tangy taste; a golden-to-dark-brown crust – what more could you want? Well, for starters, maybe a cheaper option than buying sourdough at an artisanal bakery. So here we are, a handy …

Making Your First Sourdough Loaf, Part One

In this two-part series, Love Wholesome’s resident recipe tester Jo-ann Huang walks you through making a yeast starter for a delicious sourdough loaf. Sourdough bread is probably the ultimate form of bread making. First of all, it uses wild yeast, which takes at least a week to make. And then there is its trademark chewy, golden-brown-to-dark-brown crust, as well as its soft, open crumb. Anyone who tries real sourdough is likely to swear off the store-bought stuff for good. With …

Why a Food Processor Beats a Blender in Your Kitchen

Bright fluorescent lights, an expansive floor of kitchen appliances large enough to confuse even Gordon Ramsey, and salespeople who promise the world – visiting an appliance store can be an assault on your senses. Sometimes it’s better to stop and take a time out. When it comes to furnishing that kitchen of yours, it’s wise to consider what all these appliances can do for you, which of them you really need, and how you can get the most bang for your …

The Best Oil for Cooking, and the Worst

Each variety of oil has its own flavours and properties and can add to a dish in its own special way. Sounds great, right? Perhaps not. If you lack a little confidence in the kitchen or are new to this cooking caper, the world of oil can seem like a confusing slippery slope. This simple list will help you find your feet, but first a little oil 101. Oil is a fat, like butter, but fat is good: it protects …